Welcome Alvinw. All the camps are good and different. Skukuza is the biggest and Orpen the smallest. The south has more animals but the birds in the north are better. Balule & Tsendze do not have power. For winter time, August / September is the best....no leaves on the trees and water is scarce and still cool / dry weather.
Enjoy Kruger, it never disapoints, any camp, any time of the year.
Your camps are al nice camps. I would just agree on the 1 long stint you have to Shendwezi. With more game in the south I would say try a day or more in the south. Have a look at Lower Sabie perhaps.
I don't know if some of the normal rivers in the south are dry and less game than usual.
Enjoy it no matter where you camp as the park will always be special.
COW, (Chalet On Wheels) Frans, dis nou een van die oulikste "name" wat ek van gehoor het.
Kelvin, sorry for the deviation from the subject
I just want to add something on the CTEK D250S. At a price of R5200+ it is very expensive. HCDP have designed a unit that gives 12Amp instead of the 20Amp of the CTEK at a price we have been waiting a long time - only R1550 and works the same way. Or you can go for the 30Amp HCDP model at R3100.
12Amp in a camper that you drive a few hours per day should also do the trick very well.
My magtig Frederik.."I thought a waterbuck was a cross between a donkey and a kudu!" hehehehe.....n' "Kudonkey" hehehe....nou het ek alles gehoor!
Alvin, for KNP don't worry about being without power and spend lots of money to kit up for it. The no power camps (2) have communal freezers and communal gas cooking if you want to stay there.
If you want to kit up for another trip then.....ditto Edge (campervan)!
Over and above the bird & animal books, remember your binoculars!
Kelvin, If you look at a map of KNP, you'll see there is only one road you can take- the North -South main tarred road. There is a longish dirt road that goes to near the Lebombo mountains to the east from Shingwedzi which joins the main road again at Mopani and some other shorter dirt diversions, but if you are towing a caravan, it is wise to stay off them. They however, are the roads you should take while sightseeing without the caravan.
Do visit all the picknick spots along the way and spend time at them, having breakfast or tea. Elephants sometimes walk right through them as they are not fenced off. No need to panic- there are staff at all the picknick spots and I am not aware of any problems because of this. The problems comes with idiots aggravating elephants from their cars.
And certainly do not miss the Pafuri picknick spot north of Punda on the Levubu river.
Kelvin welcome here, and enjoy the chats.
I agree with most here, I did a north south tour a while back. I would skip Skakuza and substitute with Lower Sabi and would definitely include Satara or Letaba if time allows, both Satara and Letaba. This would just give you more viewing time whilst driving North or South.
Kelvin, I am not sure about the road conditions before entering at Punda, (haven't been up there for over 2 yesrs) however, if you exit in the South, Crocodile Bridge to the N4 is not bad at all, also Malelaan gate to N4 is good.
Kelvin, Your plan sounds OK and I would certainly consider camping somewhere along the way. The question is just where. In the Warmbaths (Bela-Bela), Nylstroom and Naboomspruit(can't remember what they are called now) there are plenty of good places but it probably is too near where you stay. You can try Boma-in-the-Bush at Polokwane, which should be a good halfway point and it is quite pleasant and neat. The road from Louis Trichard pass Thohoyando to Pafuri gate is OK but very busy with local traffic but I wouldn't consider it dangerous.
Instead of entering KNP at Munda Maria gate, you could also consider going further north and entering at Pafuri gate. To get there, you take the Tsipise-road and might even consider a stay-over there. It is a very good resort belonging to Forever Resorts. This is a scenic road which takes you through the Boabab region which is a marvel to see- if you haven't yet seen it. To my mind it is much better than the one to Punda Maria gate but about 120 kms longer You can however visit the Pafuri picnic spot at the same time, which will make a seperate trip there unnecessary thereby saving you perhaps 80 kms of travel in the park.
Kelvin, my recommendation would be to enter at Punda Maria gate via Louis Trichardt and have an over night stop at a little hotel (with caravan sites) on the N1, just past Bandelierskop, 70km north of Polokwane. Lalapanzi Hotel (015) 516-5455 - www.lalapanzihotel.co.za
We used to take a shortcut just north of Lalapanzi (R578) via Vuvani joining the R524 at Shigalo straight to Punda, however, I will not recommend this route because of all the violence the past months in this area.